Will Frederic Cudron Become the First ‘800,000 Dollar Man’ in Pro Billiards?

 If we win, we will set another record. 

From March 2nd to 11th, ‘SK Rent-A-Car PBA World Championship 2023’ will be held at Bitmaru Broadcasting Center in Goyang. The World Championship, which is called ‘The King of Kings’, is given the right to participate up to the top 32 players based on ranking points. 

The prize money is the same as last season. The men’s PBA receives 200 million won and the women’s LPBA receives 70 million won. 

Cho Jae-ho (NH Nonghyup Card), who recorded 2 wins throughout this season, is ranked first with a cumulative score of 261,500. It was followed by Frederic Kudron (Welcome Savings Bank) in second place with 184,000 points and David Zapata (Blue One Resort) in third place with 176,500 points.

With the exception of Jaeho Cho, who took first place, all foreign players took one spot up to the sixth place. Virol Wimaz (Welcome Savings Bank), Mamin Calm (NH Nonghyup Card), and David Martinez (Crown Haetae) were ranked 6th. 

It is a tournament where you can rank up to 32nd, but besides the team league players, strong players who only play on tour stand out. Among the Team League players are Kang Min-goo (Blue One Resort), Kang Dong-gung (SK Rent-a-car), Kim Jae-geun (Crown Haetae), Ngo Din Nai (SK Rent-a-Car), Kim Im-kwon, Lim Seong-gyun, Kim Jong-won (TS Shampoo Puradak), Palazon (Huons). ), Philippos Kasidocostas (Hana Card), Kim Hyun-woo (NH Nonghyup Card), and Oh Seong-wook (Huons) can qualify for the World Championship.

Among the players not belonging to the team league, Oh Tae-jun, Lee Sang-dae, and Kim Young-seop can be cited as joker cards. In particular, Kim Young-seop caused an unknown sensation and drove David Martinez to the test in the Huons Championship. In the last tour, the Crown Haitai Championship, he made it to the round of 16 and earned 10,000 points. 

On the other hand, Nguyen Quoc Nguyen, Kim Byung-ho, Shin Jeong-ju (Hana Card), Eom Sang-pil, Chan Cha-pak (Blue One Resort), Kim Bong-cheol (Huons), Nguyen Huin Phuong Linh (NH Nonghyup Card), Seo Hyun-min (Welcome Savings Bank), etc. did not advance to the round of 32.

The big point of attention in this tournament is whether ‘defending champion’ Frederic Kudlong (Welcome Savings Bank) keeps his pride. 

This season has been relatively slow. However, from the first year through the entire season, Kudron is the only one whose cumulative ranking points have exceeded 1 million points. He has built a ‘wall of wailing’ by accumulating a golden pagoda of 7 wins so far.

In particular, looking at the records set in the 2021-22 season, four ‘1’s were lined up to create a chopstick march. From the 4th Crown Haitai Championship to the ‘Wangjungwangjeon’ SK Rent-a-Car World Championship, he created a record of 4 consecutive flagship victories. 

The accumulated prize money for the entire season is 890.5 million won. Compared to Zapata, who is in second place, with 645 million won, it is significantly different from the front seat. 3rd place Martinez is 388 million won.  바카라사이트

If Kudron keeps his pride as a defending champion again this time, he will be the first player in professional billiards history to win a cumulative prize of 800,000 dollars, or about 1 billion won in Korean currency. Although he suffered humiliation (?) by slipping twice in the round of 128 this season, he is expected to fight hard to keep the face of the emperor in the King of Kings match. It is forbidden to jump to conclusions, but eyes are focused on Kudron’s desire to compete, who is on the verge of winning one billion won. 

In the women’s LPBA, Kim Ga-young (Hana Card) achieved an unbroken record of 200 million won in accumulated money throughout the entire season. It is also of great interest whether Throng Piabi (Blue One Resort), which is running fast, will win first place. 

The more eye-catching side is second place Kim Se-yeon (Huons), and if Kim Se-yeon wins either the championship or runner-up this time, she jumps over Kim Ga-young. Kim Se-yeon is the only case of receiving 100 million won (World Championship in the 2020-21 season), an unprecedented prize money in LPBA history, all at once throughout the four seasons of the PBA launch. 

Meanwhile, the professional billiards PBA will continue its schedule with the PBA Team League postseason at the Goyang Bitmaru Broadcasting Center from the 17th to the 23rd. 

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